Learn InDesign : Design Magazines and More in InDesign

Learn Adobe InDesign to design a magazine, a brochure, and more. Go from zero to hero in InDesign and editorial design.
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  • Contents Video: 3.5 hours
    Other: 1.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Create magazines, brochures, and more in InDesign!

Learn InDesign, the world's industry-standard publication layout program, to create flyers, posters, advertisements, and online magazines. Create magazines to share online or sell online through Apple. Create books to sell on Amazon. There are so many possibilities!

Learn InDesign from Chad Neuman, who has the relevant experience in the field:

  • Managing editor at two graphic design magazines
  • Advertising layout specialist and webmaster at a regional newspaper
  • Internet development director at an advertising design firm
  • Freelance graphic designer for 20 years
  • Current full-time university professor


and relevant education:

  • BA in Communication
  • MA in Journalism and Media Studies
  • PhD in Communication


Enroll now
and learn how to

  • place and format text in InDesign
  • place and format images in InDesign
  • add character and paragraph styles in InDesign
  • flow text across pages on along a path in InDesign
  • use libraries and snippets in InDesign
  • apply color themes in InDesign
  • draw and adjust shapes in InDesign
  • add custom corners in InDesign
  • work with layers in InDesign to select objects
  • apply master pages in InDesign
  • package, save, export, and print files in InDesign
  • apply editorial design principles such as proximity, alignment, contrast, and repetition in magazines and brochures
  • design and produce a professional magazine in InDesign
  • design and produce a professional brochure in InDesign
  • do much more in InDesign


Enroll to get access to exclusive lessons and follow-along tutorials as well as helpful, printable PDF handouts and discussion board access for peer critiques and feedback. Let's get started creating and designing in InDesign!

What are the requirements?

  • Students must have access to InDesign, including a free trial or through the Creative Cloud subscription. Previous versions are fine for most lectures.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Design professional publications such as magazines by using InDesign
  • Apply editorial design principles to publications in InDesign
  • Use InDesign's various functions and tools to create publications and other promotional material
  • Produce a magazine and brochure in InDesign

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in learning InDesign, the industry-standard layout and publication software should take this course
  • Anyone wanting to create professional publications using InDesign should take this course
  • Someone who is already an expert in InDesign and editorial design does not need the majority of this course

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the InDesign Course
01:55

In this introduction, I explain the course and its purpose.

Article

Download the support files to follow along in the InDesign tutorials and lessons.

2 pages

Printable Common InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts Handout

Section 2: Getting Started in InDesign
06:06

In this lesson, you learn how to use and customize panels and workspaces in InDesign.

03:52

In this lesson, you will learn how to navigate and zoom in InDesign.

06:35

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Pages panel in InDesign.

04:41

In this lesson, you will learn how to customize and create new documents in InDesign.

03:08

In this lesson, you will learn how to work with multiple documents in InDesign.

04:51

In this lesson, you will learn how to use rulers, guides, and view options in InDesign.

04:54

In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust margins, columns, and guides in InDesign.

5 questions

In this quiz, you will be able to demonstrate what you've learned about getting started in InDesign.

Section 3: Placing and Formatting Text and Images
09:13

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively place and resize images in InDesign.

06:55

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively adjust and fit images with options from the Control panel in InDesign.

12:00

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively place and flow text in InDesign.

09:22

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively format text using the Control Panel in InDesign.

03:20

In this lesson, you will learn how to use paragraph and character styles to format text in InDesign.

05:58

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Text Wrap panel to wrap text around images and shapes in InDesign.

03:48

In this lesson, you will learn how to flow type onto paths in InDesign.

03:22

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively arrange and select objects in InDesign.

05:40

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively align and distribute objects in InDesign.

02:20

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Content Collector and Content Placer Tools in InDesign.

03:42

In this lecture, you will learn how to find and replace text and other typographical elements in InDesign.

10 questions

In this quiz, students are assessed on whether or not they know how to place and format text and images in InDesign.

Section 4: Using the Tools in InDesign
03:04

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively the Gap Tool to adjust photo layouts in InDesign.

09:01

In this lesson, you will learn how to use the Page Tool in InDesign.

03:23

In this lesson, you will learn how to add color schemes with the Color Theme Tool in InDesign.

05:08

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively use the Pencil and Pen Tools in InDesign.

06:33

In this lesson, you will learn how to create and adjust shapes and frames in InDesign.

02:47

In this lesson, you will learn how to create and add custom corner effects, including rounded corners, to shapes and photos in InDesign.

5 questions

In this quiz, students are assessed whether or not they have learned key concepts relating to using the tools in InDesign.

Section 5: Mastering InDesign Workflows and Functions
07:40

In this lesson, you will learn how to create and apply master pages in InDesign.

03:43

In this lecture, you will learn how to use the Layers panel to arrange, select, and modify objects in InDesign.

06:41

In this lesson, you will learn how to create and use Creative Cloud libraries in InDesign. Creative Cloud Libraries can feature type formatting, colors, photos, and objects, and they can be used across various Adobe programs, including InDesign and Photoshop.

03:06

In this lecture, you will learn how to create and use snippets, so that you can save elements and groups of elements with specific styles, colors, and placements, and use them later.

5 questions

In this quiz, students are assessed on their knowledge of InDesign workflows and functions.

Section 6: Printing and Exporting in InDesign
02:55

In this lecture, you will learn how to properly save and export files in InDesign.

02:40

In this lecture, you will learn about missing links and the importance of not deleting or moving photos and other graphics once they are placed in InDesign.

08:08

In this lecture, you will learn how to use preflighting and printing in InDesign.

04:29

In this lesson, you will learn how to effectively package files in InDesign to send to other collaborators or printers.

5 questions

In this quiz, you will be assessed on whether you understand primary concepts relating to printing and exporting in InDesign.

Section 7: InDesign Projects: Real-World Publication Deign
Article

Download the support files for the brochure design in InDesign follow-along lesson.

15:51

In this lesson, you will learn how to setup and design a brochure in InDesign.

Article

In this lesson, I explain the various steps for you to follow to learn about editorial design and then create a magazine and share it.

05:15

In this lesson, you will learn basic editorial design principles in magazine design.

14:12

In this lesson, you'll learn about good magazine design and design principles from previous student magazine examples.

07:57

In this lesson, you'll continue to learn about good magazine design and design principles from previous student magazine examples.

69 pages

In this PDF file, I've included a few good magazine examples from previous students of mine, with written permission.

06:35

In this lesson, I explain how to get started creating and design a magazine in InDesign, using the knowledge from the previous sections.

Article

I provide a quick reminder to post your publications online for peer and instructor critique.

5 questions

In this quiz, you will demonstrate understanding of some of the primary design principles in editorial design.

Section 8: Conclusion
Article

I explain that I'll continue to answer questions and update the course with any InDesign updates from Adobe.

01:25

In the conclusion to this course, I explain how to leave a review or send feedback if needed.

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Chad Neuman, Professor, Graphic Designer, Digital Producer 20+ yrs exp.

I love seeing students succeed in their designs, writings, productions, and careers!

Do you want to learn become a better designer or communicator? Do you want to learn industry-standard editing and effects in Photoshop? Do you want write for magazines or web sites? Do you want to learn new skills that are in demand in the new digital economy?

Welcome! I'm passionate about communication, writing, and design education, and I'm currently a full-time professor of graphic design and digital journalism at Southeastern University. I've taught classes on design, photography, and writing for the past eight years. My university students have become full-time, award-winning photographers, web designers, creative specialists, reporters, and layout designers. And now, you can learn from me as well!

Get started by enrolling in my courses, learning new skills and knowledge, and asking me questions in the discussion boards.

About the instructor:

By combining my professional in-the-field experience (both full-time and freelance), formal education, and experience in education, I've been able to produce top-notch courses that maximize learning and enable students to become better graphic designers, logo designers, photo editors, and writers.

Professional Experience:

I've worked as Webmaster and Advertising Designer at a regional newspaper (The News Chief), Internet Development Director at an award-winning advertising design firm (Reed Advertising Design, now merged with Brand Madden), Technology Librarian at a city library system, and Managing Editor at two international graphic design magazines at Kelby Media Group. I've also written for publications and designed web sites and other promotional work for clients on an on-going basis for the past 20 years.

Education:

Besides relevant marketplace experience, I also have a B.A. in Communication from Southeastern University, an M.A. in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. My Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the mythic branding of Apple's Macintosh/Mac in their primary commercial campaigns (1984, Think Different, Switch/Real People, and Get a Mac).

Courses:

My combination of professional real world experience, formal education, and experience in teaching have all enabled me to produce quality courses that help students become better graphic designers, photo editors, writers, and illustrators.

I'm the founder of Good Creative Academy, the premiere online school for learning and creating. If you're looking to learn more about graphic design, writing, and new media entrepreneurship, you have arrived at the right place!

Fun tech-related facts about me:

I taught myself QBasic when I was 13, and later used that programming language to write a program that simulated the DOS prompt, to fool my high school graphic design teacher into thinking the computers had been hacked.

I used web banner advertising on my web sites in high school and during my freshman year of college, which brought in about $750 a month in income.

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